Zumba classes are a ton of fun, but not all of us are willing to shell out the cash to take them. Not only that, dance classes can be totally intimidating when you've never taken them before. But with the help of this wonderful little invention we like to call the internet, you can bring Zumba into your own home — without feeling self-conscious or breaking open your piggy bank.
Even better than saving money, doing Zumba in your living room is a totally easy way to work exercise into your already busy schedule. A quick routine can get your heart rate up and work on various parts of your body all at the same time, which is the key to effective exercise.
Most Zumba centers around four different types of dance: cumbia, merengue, reggaeton and salsa. We've put together a fun, blood-pumpin' workout that clocks in at just under 25 minutes. And since you're keeping your cash in your wallet and conveniently getting down and funky in the privacy of your home, there's really no excuse to not stick to your New Year's health resolutions.
Side note: We tried to keep our routine at a beginners level, but the steps can still be tricky to get down at first. Don't give up! A couple of times through the routine and you'll be bouncing through it, no problem.
According to Sports Medicine Information, a good warmup is an essential part of your routine that loosens joints and increases blood flow to your muscles — which helps prevent injuries. Don't skip out on it.
Cumbia music began as a courtship dance practiced by African populations along the Caribbean coasts of Columbia and Panama, but has become a hugely popular genre all over Latin America. It's definitely a fun and funky part of every Zumba routine.
When you hear merengue, you usually think of ballroom — but that doesn't mean the style can't translate perfectly into a Zumba routine. This merengue set will definitely get your heart pumping.
Compared to the other musical genres that comprise most Zumba routines, reggaeton is fairly new — but it's totally taken over the pop world. It's influenced everyone from No Doubt to Daddy Yankee, and it's a blast to dance to.
You can't deny it: Salsa is pure fun. It revolves around one basic step and hip motion that can be altered from dancing in place to moving across the floor. It's all about the hips and what you do with your hands.
The moves in this salsa video seem a bit fast at first, but stick with it and keep moving.
Don't drop to the floor just yet. Before you end your workout, make sure you do a proper cool down to avoid dizziness and extra-sore muscles. Plus, cool downs feel more like fun, crazy interpretive dance. So, why not?
Once you think you've mastered the basics, don't feel like you have to stick to the videos. Find a good, inspiring and body-moving playlist and try it on your own. Try songs like this to get you started.
Pick the ones that make you want to move the most and get to shakin' those hips!
Before you go, check out our slideshow below.
Originally published December 2015. Updated January 2017.
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